Mahtook walks off for Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Mikie Mahtook gave the Detroit Tigers a reason to smile amid a miserable end to the 2017 season.
Mahtook hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit over the Chicago White Sox 3-2 to end a six-game skid. It was a high point for a team limping to the finish after trading away stars Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton.
“Any time you can walk off a game, it is fun,” Mahtook said. “I don’t care if you are 100 games ahead or 100 games behind.”
Mahtook was playing for the first time since Sept. 8 due to a groin strain.
“I felt better every at-bat, so I knew I just needed to put a good swing on the ball,” said Mahtook, who picked up the first game-ending hit of his career.
The win ended Detroit’s six-game losing streak and was just their third victory of September.
“We haven’t been winning a lot of games lately, so this was fun,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “The crowd was into it, and we gave them a good win.”
Former Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque (0-2) walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bummer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in his third pitcher of the inning, Juan Minaya, who uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third.